Police shooting of dog sparks protest in Oregon

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — The shooting of a dog that escaped its yard sparked a protest at the Springfield Police Department, with demonstrators saying the officer could have stopped the pit bull named Kiki without a gun.

“It’s very bad that they would shoot our pets. They’re our family members,” said Ellen Como, of Eugene, one of the more than 30 people who protested late Thursday afternoon. “I have a pit bull. She’s so friendly and loves children. This is just ridiculous. They can’t just keep shooting our pets.”

The dog survived and has a bullet in her shoulder, The Register-Guard newspaper reported.

The newspaper said Kiki’s owner, Breonna Kerr, showed up at the protest in which people held up signs that read “Stop bullying my breed,” “Catchpoles, not pistols” and “Justice for Kiki.” She said veterinarians advised against removing the bullet, at least for now. She appeared touched when supporters presented her with a condolence card.

Springfield police, meanwhile, said the incident is being reviewed. Police officials have not identified the officer who shot the dog.

According to police, Kiki acted aggressively after escaping her back yard Tuesday night, and cornered a 12-year-old boy.

“A citizen was driving down the road, saw this happening, and it looked like the dog was about to attack so they started honking the horn,” Sgt. Russ Boring said. “The driver put the car between the boy and the dog and got the boy to get in the car.”

A 72-year-old man reported that the dog charged at him. The man threatened to shoot the animal himself before it got distracted by two bicyclists, police said. The dog chased the bicyclists, but they got away.

According to police, neighbors told the responding officer where the dog presumably lived. When the officer tried to go there to contact the owner, the dog charged at him. The officer retreated, but the dog continued until the officer fired one round, police said. The injured dog ran into a yard and was later controlled.

Boring said Kiki’s owner may be issued a citation. Possible offenses could include having a dog at large or violating the city’s vicious dog ordinance.

More in Local News

District takes steps to secure school campuses

Safety measures have been enhanced at Hawthorne and Silver Firs elementary schools in Everett.

Local police join thousands honoring slain Canadian officer

Abbotsford Const. John Davidson was killed Nov. 6 in a shootout with a suspected car thief.

Hard work is paying off for Mariner High senior

Mey Ly has excelled in school since moving here from Cambodia; she also serves as an intrepreter.

1 arrested after SWAT team moves in on Marysville house

The incident was connected to an earlier robbery.

Darrington School Board race might come down to a coin flip

With a one-vote difference, a single ballot in Skagit County remains to be counted.

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s best images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

No easy exit from Smokey Point shopping complex

There’s just no easy exit on this one. A reader called in… Continue reading

County Council upholds ban on safe heroin injection sites

At Monday’s public hearing, more than 15 people spoke in support of the ban. No one spoke against it.

Lynnwood, Marysville, Sultan consider ban on safe injection sites

If approved, they would join Lake Stevens and Snohomish County, which have temporary bans.

Most Read